Telling the truth is a lost art
I was shocked to hear Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, a Republican, compliment (especially so close to the election) President Obama in regard to his swift response in offering to help New Jersey in its recovery from superstorm Sandy. I do applaud him for his honesty, and it was so refreshing to hear that.
Many are trying to second guess why Christie said what he did. Does he have his eye on the 2016 election? My response is: Cant someone just tell the truth because it is right? That is what everyone should do all the time regardless.
The popularity of factcheck.org is a terrible indictment of those in office and those seeking it.
Politicians dont typically speak the truth because they must first analyze how it will play out for their party. Both Republicans and Democrats should be ashamed for their part in dividing our country and the gridlock that has resulted.
Should we update the lyrics of America the Beautiful? The line that says Who more than self their country loved should have the words or party inserted after self.
I read an article recently on christianpost.com that said people will vote for a candidate because they are perceived as the lesser of the two evils. Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892), a British Baptist preacher, said, Of two evils, choose neither.
BRUCE CHWALEK Fort Wayne
Unequal sentences are disturbing
After reading the article about Breezy Parker, the woman who let her boyfriend abuse her children (Oct. 30), I understood why the judge gave her a light sentence until I read the article right next to it regarding cat hoarding. Those people received 1 1/2 years jail time. So, basically, people who abuse animals deserve to go to jail, but a woman who lets someone physically and mentally abuse her children and neglects them herself – both of which cause lifelong psychological damage – just deserves to be on probation and someday soon able to have her children back in her care. Thats disturbing.
TERA HOGAN Fort Wayne
Wind-farm statistics not grounded in facts
With respect to Stacey Stumpfs article in the Perspective section (The winds of change, Oct. 28), there was no verification of facts, just her opinion and the biased information provided by the wind developer.
First, the statement that the project has brought 170 construction jobs to an area in need of employment. Those jobs already existed, this project just created some temporary work orders that required specialty construction workers, almost all brought in from outside and only for a few months.
Second, this development will mean 10 to 12 permanent jobs. But E.ON didnt say local permanent jobs, did it? Most wind farm owners consolidate their operations in faraway states with other operation centers they already own, then add the jobs there.
Third, the Wildcat Wind Farm will produce enough energy to power 60,000 homes is just pro-wind propaganda. This calculation assumes they operate at 35 percent of capacity – unheard of in this part of the country. Realistically, they will operate at less than half that rate; many times there will be no electricity produced at all – when the wind doesnt blow.
Lastly, taxpayer-subsidized Production Tax Credit provides private wind developers such as E.ON at least 12 times more per unit of useable electricity generated than traditional power plants get. Ask the Wildcat Development Manager Andy Melka: Would E.ON build this wind farm if there were no Production Tax Credit or 10-year tax abatement? His answer would be no. Actually, you dont have to ask him; just read the June 22, 2011 article in the Kokomo Tribune where he is quoted.
NICK STANGER Roanoke